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The U.S. House tonight voted to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama for unilaterally changing the laws passed in the Affordable Care Act. That legislation, also known as Obamacare, passed almost exclusively with the support of Democrats when both houses of Congress were controlled by the same party as the president’s. House Republicans believe other unilateral actions by the president may be illegal too but believe this is their best case. The authorization for the lawsuit passed by a vote of 225 to 201, mostly on party lines. No Democrat voted for the bill but five Republicans voted against: Reps. Paul Broun (Ga.) Scott Garrett (NJ), Steve Stockman (Fla.), Walter Jones (NC), Thomas Massie (Ky.)

Read the bill here.

A New Jersey detective was acquitted Wednesday of first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting of a driver during a case of road rage in Maryland.

Jurors in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court also found Joseph Walker not guilty of all other charges, including second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and firearms offenses.

Walker, 41, an investigator for the Hudson County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office, was arrested after fatally shooting Joseph Harvey of Landsdowne on June 8, 2013, in Annapolis.

Once a large movement exclusively for fiscally frugal government, animated by CNBC reporter Rick Santelli’s rant against bailouts, today's much smaller tea party has too often become a movement fixated on the social authoritarian thinking of Rick Santorum. The result of chaotic thinking has been chaotic and ineffective influence in Michigan Congressional primaries.

I live in the 8th Congressional District, the political battlefield between current State Rep. Tom McMillin, R - Rochester Hills, and former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R - Rochester. I have received mailings from McMillin promising to protect me from gay marriage and illegal immigration. Bishop retaliated, threatening me with his endorsement from current GOP Congressman Mike Rogers.

Ouch. While neither has been shy about criticizing the other, it's their unintentional negative attacks on their own records that turn me off. The first one to shut up about themselves might get my vote. The ironic thing is: I know and like both and have written recently that either will be an improvement over the highly disappointing incumbent, Mike Rogers.

A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle wrote that he decked a man whom he later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few."

Ventura testified that Kyle fabricated the passage about punching him. Kyle said in testimony videotaped before his death last year that his story was accurate.

New York's police unions cannot challenge a sweeping settlement over the city's controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday, clearing the way for reforms to take effect.

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in New York denied the unions' request to intervene in two stop-and-frisk class action lawsuits, saying they lacked standing to pursue an appeal that Mayor Bill de Blasio has already decided to abandon.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), an influential tea party leader, will meet with a group of House Republicans Wednesday to urge them to oppose House Speaker John A. Boehner’s plan to stem the flow of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to several House members who plan to attend the 7 p.m. gathering at Cruz's office.

Cruz's huddle is the latest example of the combative freshman senator wading into House affairs and serving as an informal whip against the leadership’s immigration position. It is also a direct shot at Boehner's effort to pass his legislative package, hours before the bill is scheduled to come to the House floor on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called some right-wing Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.

Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about some members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane.

JERUSALEM — Israeli shells hit a United Nations school packed with hundreds of Palestinian families on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 100, health officials said.

The strike on the school came as Israel’s air and artillery barrage against the militant Islamist group Hamas reached a crescendo. More than 70 Palestinians were reported killed by midday throughout Gaza; Tuesday was the deadliest day of the campaign so far, when 128 Palestinians were killed, according to the Gaza health ministry.

Israel stepped up its strikes after 10 Israeli soldiers were killed by Hamas attacks on Monday.

Helsinki’s airport will be the first in the world to track passengers to within feet. The plan is being hailed as a technological breakthrough — and is drawing scrutiny from privacy advocates.

Sensors will monitor all mobile phones with Wi-Fi access turned on from parking lot to takeoff, helping to observe crowding and prevent bottlenecks at the two-terminal airport which 15 million fliers pass through a year. Passengers opting in through an application will also receive offers from shops and restaurants, as well as gate and flight information.

While the technology has clear benefits, companies must tread carefully to adopt it as such systems can be perceived as enabling the monitoring of unwary people. U.S.-based retailer Nordstrom Inc. ended a tracking test last year after suffering a backlash from disgruntled customers.

Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search.

The bill, which has White House backing, goes further than a version passed in May by the U.S. House of Representatives in reducing bulk collection and immediately drew warmer response from privacy advocates and technology companies.